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Nelson Sauvignon (Nelson Sauvin Brut) | Mikkeller ApS

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363 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

Style: Bière de Champagne / Bière Brut

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aged in white wine barrels.

Added by Parrotshake on 05-16-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#790
Reviews:
107
Ratings:
363
pDev:
9.53%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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119
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72
Trade:
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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle sampling at Bar Volo. A malt liquor with lots of fruitiness. Very Good drinkability for such high alcohol. Peachy coloured body with a little head and lace. A big bold taste, grape, apricot. full mouthfeel. Sour fruit aroma. A worthwhile big beer to try.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of acurtis
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Texasfan549
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky orange-brown with a 2 inch puffy orange-white head that settles to an island of foam. Foamy chunks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of fruit (grapes, apples), white wine, and a sour/funky aroma from the Brett. Taste is funky and bitter right off the bat with some grape-like fruit flavors coming through on the finish. There is also a dry woody quality that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a very bubbly carbonation which I assume is a direct result of the Champagne yeast used in this one. Overall, this is a good beer and my first of the style but I wasn't expecting it to be so funky and bitter in taste based on the aromas.

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Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

this is one of those white whales for me, something ive been hunting for forever and finally acquired. much anticipation here. it pours an orangey hued light bronze color into my flute, with some aspects of the champagne style carbonation, rapidly rising bubbles and a hard to control white head, but its not quite as excited as I expected it to be, and it does settle rather quickly. the smell is really complex and different, funky yeast, chardonnay or some other fairly standard white wine, citrus bitterness from the hops, and a yeast strain that is unfamiliar to me. the taste is refreshingly hoppy. the nelson sauvin variety offers a lot of fruity characters, some tropical, some citrus, all delicious. its cool because while it does provide all that fruit, it retains a high degree of bitterness, a testament to the hops versatility and to mikkellers talent as a brewer. the yeast has some funk to it, and the bitterness in the finish is lemony. a lot more wine shows up from the barrel treatment that expected, and pushes the flavor more towards a 50/50 hybrid than anything else. maybe not quite as complex as the nose, but its definitely got a lot going on. wholly unique. the mouthfeel was a little lacking for me. a biere brut needs to have nuclear carbonation throughout, and this one doesn't. it starts pretty high, but it fizzles out before my glass is gone. the body is nice though, medium and smooth, punctuated by flashes of bubbles. overall this is a very interesting creation, maybe not quite as good as I wanted it to be, but its really a remarkable brew.

edit: definitely changes a lot over time, and there is absolutely a little batch variability here, but thats to be expected. other experiences have not been quite as good as the first.

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Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.86/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.79/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of metter98
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that hardly died own.
S: Moderate aromas of barnyard funk from the brett are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has some sour flavors along with notes of white wine from te barrel aging process.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied and a little tart and dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I thought that the brett and white wine barrel aging make this beer interesting and a lot easier to drink compared to other beers in the style. It hides its alcohol very well.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Incredible fruit presence backed by powdery Brett character and a high phenol presence- this wine barrel aged ale is one in which to be reckoned.

Pouring deep amber, the look of winter honey comes to mind. Copper and tawny- the beer is lightly hazed as it releases an ivory white head that caps the beer confidently and recedes with broken lacing patterns- It has a very charming look!

Strong phenol and earth presence exudes from the beer's aroma: horse blanket, pepper, spice, peat, and medicinal notes all come alive in a strong melange of soil, caramel, and honey. Surprisingly, the challenged scents come together in a very rich tobacco-like sweet herbal-ness.

To taste, the beer's sweetish upstart gives way to a breath of earthen tobacco, tea, bruised peach, pear, and apple matrix at its apex of rich taste. Following, the taste of spicy peppercorn, peat, weathered wood, leather, tobacco and light band-aid all ensue to capture the supreme balance to the sweet and fruity upstart. But as the beer concludes, it leaves the palate rewarded with deep earthen wood tones with wine-like influences.

Medium throughout, the beer's tendency is to be dry as a bone. But its caramel and fruit beginnings provide the unresolved sweetness that prevents the ale from dryness that it sorely needs. Its close of powdery wood and earth accompanies the expected medium warmth to give a lasing memory of spice, cedar and wine astringency- its a miraculously sculpted mouthfeel even if it favors early earthen sweetness.

I love the wine influence, the Brettanomyces, and the tobacco notes that the ale generates. Surprisingly, the medicinal notes that ensue don't detract from the taste as much as I would have expected- the ale is quite masterful even in its flaws.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml black foiled, caged, and synthetic corked Burgundy wine bottle (once you remove it from the well-wrapped black paper covering). I like the label's lit cartoon bomb, ready to blow up the unspecified contents of New Zealand, Belgium, Denmark, and Austria, all integral to the contents of this offering.

This beer pours a cloudy, dark apricot amber hue, with some visible swirling sediment, and a teeming tower of tightly rocky off-white head, which sinks away in no great hurry, eventually revealing a nice patchwork of honeycomb lace around the glass. More beer than champagne, at this junction.

It smells of funky, musty, tart, fruity, and acrid hops. Same descriptors, but this time for the yeast. Phew. Lots of stuff wafting out of the glass, and it's all fairly well integrated - nothing dominates to the detriment of others. Beyond that, there's some further apple and pear notes, to go along with a so far unloved, but steady, pale bready malt. The taste is still rather funky, but evenly so, especially in light of the Marlborough white wine apery of the hops and the same in the particular German wine barrel treatment. Further tempering the deal are some nice independent citrus hop notes, and a still sturdy, soft, and unassuming pale malt.

The bubbles, well that's where the weight should come down for this style, no? Here, we have a depleted, weak, flabby effervescence, so I'm calling shenanigans, but it shall still fulfill the expectations of this piece - the body is a decent medium weight, a wee bit clammy, but otherwise agreeably smooth. It finishes just off-dry, the funk and identity-challenged bitterness doing well to parry any of the limited charms of the nondescript malt.

Well, not a bad beer from Mikkeller, as is the general trend, but this is no Brut, BA. A bang-up BSPA? Sure, why not? However, I'm quite glad that I didn't break out the stemware for this one - the standard pint glass or pick-your-Trappist branded chalice will do. This is just too brutal, in a good way, but not for the style, so drink it for that reason, and not the intended one. Me, I'll be sticking to the veritable French, grape-based stuff, when I get married next week. Glad I got this one out of the way first.

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Photo of kojevergas
3/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with paper cover and hood-and-wire cap over a cork served into a Fort Collins Brewing pilsner glass in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a four finger head of decent cream, pretty good thickness, and excellent retention (especially for the ABV). This head really holds up impressively well. Colour is a nontransparent murky copper.

Sm: HEAVY white wine, light crystal malts, bacteria, and wild yeast. Smells legitimately wild, not sterile and cultured (see Funkwerks). It's quite appealing, albeit mild in strength.

T: Dominant white wine is the dominant flavour from the open, with notes of wild yeast and bacteria beginning at the midpoint and continuing through the finish. The finish is delightfully sour; I'd like more of it to break through the tame foundation but it never does. All around it's balanced but timid. No alcohol comes through. The white wine doesn't add as much as it should; it should've been stronger a la Mikkeller Black Hole White Wine Barrel Edition. Instead, it's a weak unremarkable flavour that leaves me wanting more.

Mf: Smooth and wet - too much so. A touch too thick for the limited amount of flavours. This bothers me.

Dr: Drinkable but largely unremarkable and disappointing considering the brewery and white wine usage. I expected so much more. You could quaff it, but it's certainly not sessionable. I wouldn't get it again, especially at the exuberant price it's sold at in the USA. Wouldn't pair well with food. Hides its ABV well.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a bright cloudy amber color ale with a large dirty white foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of Brett notes with funky yeast and light dry vinous notes is very intriguing. Taste is also dominated by dry vinous notes with grassy notes and some funky ester with what seems like Brett notes – extremely complex and somewhat hard to do justice of the taste with my descriptions. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very complex while retaining good drinkability level. I would love to have this one again in the future.

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Photo of largadeer
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What's this? Two good Mikkeller beers in one week?

Doesn't look like much, pouring a muddy amber with a head that quickly settles to a thin film.

Musty, vinous nose; a lot of white wine and brett, the former lending a mix of pineapple and leathery funk. Has a bit of a champagne character, too, and lesser notes of green apple.

The palate has a gentle acidity, big vinous flavors and juicy, fruity, leathery brett notes. Pineapple, white grapes, light earthines; a lot of depth here. Alcohol is well hidden. Brett lingers in the finish, which is quite earthy and leathery, slightly chalky. Really nice stuff, one of the better Mikkeller beers I've tried.

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Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of DrBier
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a lightly hazy medium golden yellow in color with some moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation and a moderate amount of orange + copper + amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall fizzy off-white head that slowly reduce to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of brett along with some lighter aromas of white wine, oak, and some lighter citrus fruit notes (orange and lemon stand out). Additionally there are some very light notes of melon.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of oak and white wine with some moderate notes of citrus and tropical fruits. There are moderate to strong flavors of brett which contributes the tartness/sourness to the beer.

M: Just heavier than light bodied with moderate to significant amount of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish with some acidic prickliness.

O: This beer is really enjoyable, the notes of brett take the biere de champagne to the next level... I really found this beer to have a great aroma and taste wonderful - I would gladly celebrate any number of special occasions with this beer.

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Photo of chinchill
3.67/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Large shared 2009 bottle.
Mellowed and blended aging effects but likely past prime.
Murky light brown body with a thin bubbly head. Moderately strong and very complex aroma.
Rich and complex flavor with hints of chocolate, dark fruits, apple cider, and faint spices.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of nickfl
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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